Latest posts by Fairygirl

poorly fatsia

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 14:01

I'd agree with Liri. They can survive quite a bit of frost. Mine has had umpteen sessions of it this winter,  and they often have rough  foliage through winter anyway, but I leave all the ropey bits on until it warms up and I can snip them off. The new growth is always a bit more susceptible anyway.   It'll come back. 

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 08:07

The red foliage often turns green I think,  ms.G - but do you mean yours is losing foliage? The new foliage can be damaged by frost. 

Problem with my magnolia

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 08:01

It looks a bit sickly so I'm guessing either the soil's wrong for it, it's waterlogged or it's too dry. Has it established in the hole it's in? If it's a bit root bound when planted, the roots may not have been growing outwards into the space. 

Can you give some more info and also a view of what else is around it? Photos would help with advice too. 

Which edging shears for border log roll?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 07:55

I can't open your link, but you need the long handled kind for doing the edges. Like a pair of scissors. You can also get the same thing but with horizontal blades for doing the surface of the edges. I just use toe first kind though.

I see that log edging everywhere - but it's not very good for a grass edge. It usually collapses, and people clearly have the same issue because there's always loads of weeds and random bits of grass sticking up!  It's worthwhile investing in a decent edge so that you can mow right up and over the edges, or not bothering with anything at all. Create a little 'ditch' between the grass edge and the border, making a slight slope upwards.  Easier to get the edges clipped really neatly then  

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 07:47

Morning all/afties Pat if you're there  

Haven't read back beyond this page, but welcome Kayleigh - hope you enoy the forum.

Have a great trip chicky - are you actually leaving on a jet plane.... 

Loads of pix please. 

What has Hosta been doing? Has he been in the wars again?  

Not a bad looking day here at the moment. There's been a few sharp sleety/rainy showers and a lot of wind since yesterday, but it's quite benign now. It's usually wind and driving rain that wrecks our gardens at this time of year Dove. You learn very quickly not to grow susceptible plants - although I can't help myself with tulips! Been for a little walk/run for an hour and all ready for the day....well sort of. I wonder who'll phone with the usual plea 'help - I forgot to order my rosettes for this weekend....' 

I'll have a look round before I go - and will catch you all later. Have a grand day. 

Old Honeysuckle - what to do

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 12:37

It's probably struggling to get decent moisture and nutrition too - judging by the bottom of it. If you can clear a bit more space there, and give it some help with manure/compost/ water / a feed and a mulch, it should stand up to some pruning and new training as Hosta describes. 

They need a fair bit of moisture, and it may be finding it difficult to get enough in the location it's in. 

Rabbit trap (live)

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 12:33

Once they find the restaurant - they'll just keep coming back. Some years they will be worse than others. There's a very good way of dealing with them, but you may not want to go down that route....

Otherwise - you'll just have to create physical barriers round anything susceptible....

...and that's probably everything 

Mystery weed - What is it

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 12:28

Looks like Willow herb. Very invasive unfortunately. It spreads annually and perennially. A lawn weed and feed would probably shift it. It's probably in the neighbouring borders or a neighbouring garden, but could be seeding in from elsewhere too. 


Posted: 27/04/2017 at 12:26

Let us know what you get Dennis - and a couple of pix when it's planted too. Good luck with it   

Wilting tomato plants

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 21:36

They don't need feeding Amanda - only do that when they set the first truss of fruits.  

Just concentrate on keeping a regular watering regime. Inconsistent watering causes splitting of fruits. Have you only nipped out side shoots, or taken the top out? I agree with Daisy that it looks like you have two plants there. In any case, try and  get some better support for them soon, or you risk them breaking. The stems are quite fleshy and get very heavy, so that can happen very suddenly.

The excess heat has probably forced them a bit which is why they're so big. They probably don't have as big a root system as they would have had if they'd grown a little more slowly. 

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